January 31, 2020

Ivy Hall New Years Elopement Inspiration in San Antonio TX

New Years Inspired Elopement ​at Ivy Hall

​Inspired by New Year’s celebrations and a black and white photo that makes me smile (see below) is what brought this elopement styled shoot at Ivy Hall in San Antonio Texas together.


I wanted to inspire a story of a spontaneous elopement between two fast lovers who find themselves getting married on New Year’s Eve. Keeping with the simple black and white color scheme while allowing the holiday that just past to bring a bit of red pop in color.
My hope is to remind us of old Hollywood black and white movies with the dramatic girl and the smoldering guy with this New Years’ inspired Elopement at Ivy Hall.


Being a wedding planner in Texas, I see lots of barns, burlap, and baby’s breath. I’m not sure when rustic is going to go out of Texas’ style but so far it’s still here. And I wanted to keep this inspiration elopement far from that.

Designing the bouquet and boutonniere, I kept it simple and seasonal, as would be in a quick elopement.


Anyway, Anna Kay Photography and I joined up for this little pop up styled shoot at Ivy Hall. Anna and I became quick friends after she found me on Insta and asked me to pair up with her for a Big Bend Texas styled shoot.

I choose a high-low dress from Olivia Grace Bridal in order to give the bride that old Hollywood glamorous look. Along with the bling hair clips to keep the elopement look simple. If the dress would have been too heavy the shoot would have lost that quick elopement feel.

Mugshot Photo Booth joined in for the fun with their vintage luggage printer case and free-standing camera. Using New Year’s Eve booth props for the bride and groom to goof around with was natural and entertaining as these love birds who were still newlyweds themselves (only being married a year or so) and kept the giggles coming.

Charcuterie boards full of color and depth were catered by Tim the Girl. Sage and wine cheeses added bright fun colors to the table as the couple enjoyed a toast and some bites under one of Ivy Hall’s big backdrop trees.


And speaking of the San Antonio wedding venue…


Ivy Hall Wedding Venue

My biggest inspiration for this shoot was Ivy Hall itself.

Ivy Hall sits south of downtown San Antonio with all the bustle and lights of the city. The venue is a well-established garden and although you can’t see all of its gems in January (January is such a good month to get married outdoors in Texas. She never even shivered in that strapless dress) it’s still a magical spot with the city and tower of America’s in the background.


Ivy Hall is a few acres of lush tropical foliage and greenery. With a modern styled, small indoor area that holds 80 comfortably for dinner, Ivy Hall is ideal for smaller intimate weddings.

But the outdoor space is what people fall in love with. Four hundred guests is far from intimate but if that is what your guest count is, then Ivy Hall can accommodate, with the adjoining restaurant (The Good Kind). As a bonus, there is a neon Ivy Hall sign along with the famous “make tacos not war” neon that rises above one of the greenery walls.


This venue needs little design work as God and the gardener are the ones who have made it naturally beautiful. With so many different backdrops to a ceremony couples really have their choice of trees, cactus, or greenery.


Ivy Hall offers events and weddings with full in house catering from Tim the Girl as well as in house bartending and basic rentals.

From a planner’s perspective, having fewer vendors is a breeze and for the couple this means savings. Also, the design work is easier to keep cohesive, especially at a naturally beautiful venue like Ivy Hall.


Weddings of 100 start at $10,000 and include tables, chairs, food, and some other amenities but that is just a base rate.

Take a peek at how Anna Kay captured this inspiration shoot and keep your eye out for the Tower of America’s in the background.



Planning your intimate Ivy Hall wedding

Does planning an intimate wedding or elopement at Ivy Hall near downtown San Antonio sound like you? Contact me today to set up a time to check out the venue together. Or if you are interested in help finding a different venue I am open to that as well.
And if you are curious about what Ivy Hall looks like in springtime, then check out this intimate wedding ceremony in April.